Don’t Miss National Apprenticeship Week: November 13-19, 2017

Mark your calendars! Next week— November 13 - 19, 2017—is the third annual National Apprenticeship Week (NAW). NAW is a nationwide opportunity for the workforce system and leaders in business, labor, education, and other critical partners to express their support for apprenticeship by showcasing their programs, facilities, and apprentices in their community. All week and across the country, there will be a series of industry-led events [...]

Don’t Miss National Apprenticeship Week: November 13-19, 2017 2017-11-09T11:00:29+00:00

What is the history of the minimum wage?

A minimum wage is the lowest wage that employers may legally pay to workers. The first minimum wage law was enacted in 1894 in New Zealand. With the passage of The Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (FLSA), the U.S. minimum wage was initially set at $0.25 per hour for covered workers.  Since then, it has been raised 22 separate times–most recently, in July 2009, [...]

What is the history of the minimum wage? 2017-11-03T11:48:05+00:00

Low-wage Work Uncertainty often Traps Low-wage Workers

Some policy analysts, policymakers and scholars argue that low-wage workers should “work their way out of poverty” by acquiring the human capital that would enable them to leave poverty-level jobs. A new study interviewing 25 low wage immigrant workers by Center for Poverty Research Affiliates Vicki Smith and Brian Halpin finds that while many of these low-wage workers recognize the need to enhance their skills [...]

Low-wage Work Uncertainty often Traps Low-wage Workers 2017-11-03T11:56:06+00:00

Why Company Onboarding Needs to Inspire a Learning Mindset

During employee onboarding, most companies emphasize training on tools and company procedures; but one of the most valuable attributes a new employee can have is a learning mindset. A learning mindset can transform the organization as a whole, especially in today’s dynamic business climate. Too many companies approach onboarding as a transaction with their employees. They collect the paperwork, orient new hires to what it’s [...]

Why Company Onboarding Needs to Inspire a Learning Mindset 2017-10-19T15:31:58+00:00

Latest Updates on Workforce Development from WorkforceGPS

Workforce System Strategies Fall Reads With the end of summer fast approaching, it’s time to start planning for the upcoming school year; and in that spirit, the Workforce System Strategies (WSS) Team has some “Fall reads” for you to enjoy as you soak up those last few rays of summer sunshine. In this one-pager, you will find summaries of three reports that highlight some of the work [...]

Latest Updates on Workforce Development from WorkforceGPS 2017-10-18T13:51:26+00:00

Google Hire Rocks Recruitment Industry

Hire, a new recruiting app for small and mid-sized businesses, integrates with G Suite apps like Gmail and Google Calendar. Google wants to make it easier for G Suite customers to find and hire the right talent. Hire, a new recruiting app for small and mid-sized businesses, integrates with G Suite apps like Gmail and Google Calendar, and promises to help you "identify talent, build [...]

Google Hire Rocks Recruitment Industry 2017-10-19T12:50:27+00:00

Maine Introduces New Tool that Shows Education-to-Employment Outcomes

Provides earning data for people completing education and training programs including all graduates of the Maine Community College and University of Maine Systems The Maine Department of Labor’s Center for Workforce Research and Information has released the new data and a new search tool to the workforce data system originally launched as a pilot in 2014. Now called MaineEARNS, standing for the Maine Education and Attainment [...]

Maine Introduces New Tool that Shows Education-to-Employment Outcomes 2017-10-18T13:29:11+00:00

Who is poor in the United States?

Who are the millions of people living in poverty in the United States? In 2016, 40.6 million people, or 12.7 percent of the population, lived in poverty, as defined by the official poverty measure. 6 million fewer people were living in poverty in 2016 than at the peak of 46.7 million in 2014. The official poverty measure is determined by a household’s pre-tax income; for example, [...]

Who is poor in the United States? 2017-10-19T13:10:01+00:00

DEED commissioner talks about how state tries to tailor workforce training programs

Minnesota employers complain they are struggling with severe worker shortages, the lowest unemployment rates in decades and new hires who simply lack the skills needed for today’s technically demanding jobs. The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) is the state’s agency in charge of driving worker retraining and skills development programs across the state. DEED Commissioner Shawntera Hardy said the most recent jobs [...]

DEED commissioner talks about how state tries to tailor workforce training programs 2017-10-26T09:40:22+00:00

Job Centers Offer Little Help for the Unemployed, UC Davis Study Says

If you are unemployed and looking for a job, the best way to get government-funded training and help finding a job is to prove you are “unemployable.” Otherwise, unemployed workers are often told by job coaches, they should accept downward or lateral mobility and realize that their inability to get a job is their fault, not the job market. These are some of the observations [...]

Job Centers Offer Little Help for the Unemployed, UC Davis Study Says 2017-10-26T13:53:17+00:00